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Size: Large (Wingspan around 100mm)
It strongly resembles Palpares inclemens, (a strictly coastal species), but is smaller.
Larvae: The larvae of this species are unknown.
This species inhabits savanna woodlands in the northern parts of South Africa.
P. lentus is readily attracted to light.
Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
Adults are active early during the early summer months and are on the wing from October to February. Most records come from November. This is in contrast to other Palpares species who mostly emerge during mid to late summer.
Status and Distribution
Palpares lentus appears to be largely confined to northern and north-western South Africa, with a few records from Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Palpares Species: lentus
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The use of photographs by Alice Altenroxel, Cornelia Rautenbach, John Wilkinson, Joseph Heymans, Marita Beneke and Vaughan Jessnitz is acknowledged. This species text has benefited enormously from comments made by Mervyn Mansell on records he has identified in LacewingMAP. We acknowledge his important contribution.
Recommended citation format for this species text:
Tippett RM 2022. Palpares lentus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/08/18/palpares-lentus/